The large roundabout at the Silverdale/Dairy Flat exit from the northern motorway has remained in an unloved and unplanted state for many years.
The state it is in, at a key entranceway to the Hibiscus Coast, has been the subject of many complaints directed to Hibiscus Matters.
Auckland Council’s head of operations – community facilities, Julie Pickering, says the roundabout has a history of issues when it comes to planting vegetation.
“Although it has been planted in the past, the issues include poor soil in the middle of a road with no irrigation, high heat levels in summer with lots of car exhaust gases and vehicles getting on the roundabout and destroying plants,” she says.
“We acknowledge that the roundabout is not very attractive, however, it is functional for this high traffic environment. In saying that, we are continuously looking at ways to establish vegetation cover on this roundabout.”